Sunday, 29 December 2013

show the grand finale of family festivities in California

... and lo it came to pass that there was one more day of family togetherness.

Boxing day entailed a trip to California; downtown Burbank.
 - complete with the sign on the hill, (it's like the Hollywood sign, in case you didn't get it.)

The mojitos were cold and the mango and avocado salsa saucy.

The girls were  'like so hot'.

Once again attention to manicurial detail was impressive.

Poolside, only one thing was missing.

Ah, there they are: the pool boys/lifeguards.

 ... and some landlubbers who forgot what the theme of the day was.

The food kept coming

and the babes just kept getting hotter. 

 Some drama though when the wildlife swooped in for a bit of the goodlife.

Even the papparazzi were there to snap the chicks.

and by the end of the day things weren't quite what they seemed.

Friday, 27 December 2013

enjoy some Tuscan fare

Xmas day's theme elect was Tuscany.

It began in typical Australian fashion however with the ritual application of Aeroguard. (I'm not receiving any sponsorship from that company by the way)

We started with a traditional icy cold Italian Sparkling to set the mood, and accompany our antipasti.

.....followed by a feast sourced and created from local fare.

Dessert included the Guifre world famous tiramisu, gelati, toasted pannetone with marsala soaked strawberries and mascapone.

... and we observed the Italian tradition called the 'Urn of Fate'. 

A lucky dip for each guest which sets your pathway for the coming year.

....and tomorrow is Boxing day. I guess we'll have to gather the leftovers and take off to a new destination.

Thursday, 26 December 2013

share some Christmas family fun

At a recent gathering of the Marshall clan, we asked the question:
"Where would we like to be for the Xmas festivities?"

The answer for Xmas Eve was Switzerland; at our place.

Baby it was cold outside; inside a balmy 19 degrees.
This family were prepared for all weathers. Unfortunately Manda sustained a broken arm on the ski field in the days before.

Although concerned about misplaced passports, border control let this group in as well. 

Here's dedication to the theme!

Of course Fondue was on the menu. (minor flame control issues, but it tasted good!) 

Warm ears are sooo important.

Turkey roast, rosti and beans with pomegranate seeds for mains.

...... and it had to be a chocolate fondue for dessert.

Thank you to David for bringing the Swiss chocolate with him from Lake Constanz

 This little fella kept the function interesting.

... and when the last hot cocoa and piece of custard drenched pudding was finished the tired and happy visitors headed home to prepare for Santa.